Railways ferried over 2.5 lakh people stranded during lockdown in special trains, says MHA
200 Shramik special trains carry nearly 2 lakh migrants back home
The migrant workers are distressed. The way they are being treated by the Centre and State Governments is very wrong. Not even proper food and accommodation is being arranged for them: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati said in her statement.
Indian Railways has said that it has operated about 200 Shramik Special trains since 1st of this month and ferried home nearly 2 lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Forty such trains departed yesterday, including the first train to originate from New Delhi carrying 1,200 migrant workers to Chattarpur in Madhya Pradesh.
Railways said it ran 56 Shramik Special Trains on Wednesday.
Every special train has 24 coaches, each with a capacity of 72 seats. But the national transporter is allowing only 54 people in a coach to maintain social distancing norms by not allotting the middle berth to any passenger.
Since the beginning of the services, Gujarat remained one of the top originating stations, followed by Kerala.
Among the receiving states, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh remained the top states.